Jason Segel's romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" is tapped to kick off the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. On Wednesday, February 29, the festival's organizers confirmed that the Nicholas Stoller-directed film will be the opener for the festival on April 18.
TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal admitted she is very thrilled to see the comedy pic as the festival's opening night film. "The Tribeca Film Festival has always celebrated the power of creativity and collaboration, and there is no better example of that than 'The Five-Year Engagement," she said in a statement.
The 55-year-old film producer went on gushing, "We are so pleased to join with Universal Pictures to bring the wit and energy of this hilarious and affecting film to Tribeca as we kick off our 11th edition."
On the other hand, Stoller couldn't hide his excitement since his movie is chosen to open the big festival. He enthused, "When Jason and I met during the production of 'Undeclared', we couldn't have imagined that one day we would write a comedy that would open such a prestigious film festival as Tribeca."
"We are so honored that the Festival organizers have given us this platform to premiere the film," he continued on. "To be honest, this is all just a ploy to stand on top of a building with Robert De Niro and look out over New York City at dusk."
In addition to taking on the directing duty, Stoller pens the script and co-produces "Five-Year Engagement" with Judd Apatow and Rodney Rothman. The movie focuses on an engaged couple who keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. It also stars Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans and Chris Pratt.
After being premiered at this year's TFF, which will take place from April 18 to May 29, the romantic comedy movie will open wide in the U.S. theaters on April 27.